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A nudge in the right direction

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

The holiday season has begun and making healthy choices can become more of a challenge. People often wait until January 1st to make change in the form of New Year’s Resolutions, only to find themselves back to their old routines by the end of the month.
It’s not really about what you do between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, rather it’s what you do from New Year’s to Thanksgiving that truly impact your health and well-being. The best day to start pursuing a healthy lifestyle is today.

Stay focused, set priorities, plan ahead, expect distractions and detours, but learn to persevere from what could easily become excuses. Also, be mindful of self-talk. Self-defeating thinking patterns can diminish your willpower and your new efforts.
Retrain your way of thinking to include positive energy and affirmations to replace outdated and unbeneficial thoughts. As added encouragement, place positive affirmations in places you will see them on a regular and daily basis. By attaching positive emotions to your current thinking, your mind is already experiencing some of the physical and psychological benefits.

As you begin a physical workout, aim for simple and sustainable. Workout because you love your body, not because you hate it. Place workout times on your schedule to hold yourself accountable as if this is a meeting with the CEO. The CEO can now be known as Chief Energy Officer, as each workout will release new energy and focus to your day.

TVH employee Bridgette Horner commented, “Someone was wanting to schedule a meeting and noticed I had blocked out times each week for my Pilates workouts. This 2% of my day is something I do for me and I know it makes me more productive too.”
At TVH Olathe, the Nudge Center provides exercise equipment, free weights, pool tables, foosball, two ping pong tables, basketball hoop game and open area for fitness classes, library and lounge. The Nudge Center offers something for everyone and employee love spending time there.

“My two 15-minute breaks a day have turned into my power minutes where I work out with weights at the Nudge Center! Not only have I become much stronger and stand taller, but I feel recharged for my desk job!

At home, my 7-year-old warrior daughter, Bell and I do our yoga stretches before bedtime. It is amazing how the little changes we make in life have such a beautiful ripple effect on our overall surroundings!” said employee Bobby Wulfert

Living in vitality requires self-love and self-love requires self-care on a daily basis. If you don’t take care of your body, it’s not a matter of if, but when disease will enter your life.

If you would like to know more about TVH and the Nudge Health and Wellness programs, contact Lucy DelSarto, Health & Wellness Coach for TVH Americas, at editorial@mhnetwork.com

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